This started after a Bachelor of Biomedical Laboratory Technology was denied admission to the University of Bristol in England.
This student who wanted to pursue an advanced degree was told that his degree had expired.
Apparently the expired courses are quite many and the public is scared yet they these honors and others are still pursuing them.
Many have been awaiting the NCHE which is responsible for regulating higher education in Uganda. Taking to the Twitter page of the Ministry of Edu and Sports, a statement has been released.
NCHE said that they had noted with concern the media reports on validity of academic and professional programmes offered by higher institutions in Uganda. It is for this reason that they decided to come out and clarify a number of things.
NCHE through Professor Mary J.N. Okwakol Executive Director, said that before accreditation of a program, they sit and consult with professional associations and regulatory bodies.
These are the ones concerning that particular course. Some of the things considered include quality, relevance, learning as well as teaching methods of a certain program.
These programs are resubmitted after every 5 years for assessment. That is for Masters, Bachelors, Diplomas and certificates. For PhDs, it’s after 10 years.
The statement further said that all qualifications given out by NCHE are highly regarded both in Uganda and abroad.
The Council distanced itself from the rumors that have been flying around in the media. They went ahead to advise the public to always seek information from the right channels.
“The NCHE wishes to reassure the general public that qualifications awarded by Higher Education Institutions in Uganda are highly regarded both at home and abroad. Graduates from these institutions continue to receive international admissions, recognition and acclaim.
The NCHE disassociates itself from all media reports from any institution other than NCHE on expired programmes. We, therefore, call upon the public to seek the right information from the National Council for Higher Education to allay any anxiety on the validity of programmes,”
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